“A Beautiful Redesign”

A conversations using the new “beautiful redesign” vs. the old emoji. (Katie Groat / Lariat)

Although the new iOS 10 update did not come with an Emoji dictionary, it still came with an incredible amount of meaning. Starting from the single parent emojis, leading into same sex marriage, followed by women empowerment and ending with the simple use of guns.

While Apple brings in many new aspects of our everyday life into the emojis we often use in our iMessage conversations the one that has the most controversy is the neon green water gun that replaced our previous pistol.

Once you click update for the new iOS 10 software to be downloaded into your iPhone you will be agreeing to Apple’s powerful statements that most likely was not mentioned in the terms and agreements.

“More than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10. This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options,” said Apple Newsroom.

Is Apple trying to make the point that guns should not be used in back and forth foreplay through social media and iMessage? Maybe Apple is trying to change our way of thinking about the diverse world that is growing all around us by making a point that guns should not be used as toys or a funny gesture, but as a powerful weapon that should be used to protect ourselves and other people around us. Instead of the idea that Apple simply is just trying to make the once often used emjoi into a “beautiful redesign”.

The world may never know without an emoji dictionary. Maybe that will be the next update feature, another pointless app with definitions of each and every emoji.

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